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ABC celebrates holidays with “25 Days of Christmas”

Photo: Holiday Season Source: Pixabay via MGN

ABC is celebrating the holidays with “25 Days of Christmas” right here on WEAR-TV, Channel 3.

The countdown to “25 Days of Christmas” kicks off in late November with an ABC News “20/20” special edition, “Lights, Camera, Christmas: Inside Holiday Movie Classics,” perennial favorite “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” the musical celebration “CMA Country Christmas,” “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” and more.

The month of December is filled with special Christmas-themed episodes, the return of “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and “The Great American Baking Show,” and timeless animated classics and holiday films.

Here is a look at the first couple of weeks:

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22

LIGHTS, CAMERA, CHRISTMAS! INSIDE HOLIDAY MOVIE CLASSICS

– A special edition of ABC News’ “20/20,” features actor Peter Billingsley, best known as the character Ralphie in the seasonal hit movie “A Christmas Story.” This one-hour special will kick off the holiday season by bringing together the stars from classic holiday movies, and features behind-the-scenes looks at the most memorable moments from these films. (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

FRIDAY, NOV. 24

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN

–In the perennial favorite created in 1970 by Rankin-Bass Productions (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman”), Fred Astaire narrates this timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. The vocal cast features Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle; Keenan Wynn as Winter; Paul Frees as Burgermeister Meisterburger, Grimsby, the soldiers and the townsmen; Joan Gardner as Tanta Kringle; Robie Lester as Jessica and Andrea Sacino; Dina Lynn, Gary White and Greg Thomas as the children (8:00-9:01 p.m.)

MONDAY, NOV. 27

CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

–Country music queen Reba McEntire will debut as host for the eighth annual “CMA Country Christmas” event from Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry House. The two-hour holiday music celebration will feature performances by McEntire and a lineup of today’s best in country sharing their favorite sounds of the season. (8:00-10:01 p.m.)

THURSDAY, NOV. 30

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

– Celebrate the joy of the holidays with the classic animated Christmas-themed PEANUTS special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” created by the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. In the digitally re-mastered 1965 special, Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees everywhere during the Christmas season. Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant and Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, Charlie Brown needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is. (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY: MAGICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

– Join Emmy® Award- winner Julianne Hough along with multi-platinum recording artist Nick Lachey as they host the magical two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. The primetime special kicks off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing incredible music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments. (9:00-11:00 p.m.)

MONDAY, DEC. 4

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT

– Season Premiere: “The Great Christmas Light Fight” returns for its fifth season, showcasing the most spectacular and over-the-top Christmas displays in America. In each episode, four families compete to win the coveted Light Fight trophy and a $50,000 prize, with a total of $300,000 given away for the season. Along with the incredible displays, this season also features the first-ever neighbors vs. neighbors episode, where side-by-side neighbors team up to compete against other side-by-side neighbors in a doubly epic battle of the bulbs! The series will air back-to-back episodes for three consecutive weeks. (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

THURSDAY, DEC. 7

SHREK THE HALLS

–DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek the Halls,” a half-hour of entertainment starring America’sfavorite ogre and his friends and featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It’s Christmas Eve and everyone is filled with holiday cheer – except for Shrek. He isn’t exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about, so when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration end up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas.(8:00-8:30 p.m.)

TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT

–Pixar Animation Studios’ special for television, “Toy Story That Time Forgot,” features your favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films. During a post-Christmas play date, the “Toy Story” gang finds themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It's all up to Trixie, the triceratops if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie's room in this “Toy Story That Time Forgot.” The cast of “Toy Story That Time Forgot” includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie. (8:30-9:00 p.m.)

THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW

– Season Premiere: “Cake Week” & “Morning Treats” – On your marks, get set, bake! The most festive and friendliest competition on television is back. In a two-hour season premiere, “The Great American Baking Show” (formerly “The Great Holiday Baking Show”) returns with slices of cake and delicious morning treats. Based on the hit U.K. series “The Great British Bake Off,” “The Great American Baking Show” features bakers from across the country battling through 18 total challenges with six challenges throughout each two-hour themed episode, all in the hopes of being crowned “America’s Best Amateur Baker.” Ayesha Curry and Anthony “Spice” Adams host. James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini returns with best-selling cookbook author and baker Paul Hollywood as judges. (9:00-11:00 p.m.)

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

MARY POPPINS

– Set in Edwardian London, the film features no-nonsense nanny Mary Poppins, who flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children of the wealthy and strict Banks family, Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber). With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the spirited nanny sets off on a series of fantastic adventures with Bert and the children and teaches their parents some lessons about love along the way. (8:00-11:00 p.m.)

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